Church and Community Pastoral News (Dec 2019)

Hi Everyone,

‘The Calling of the Methodist Church’ is to respond to the Gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission. Let your whole way of life respond to God’s call:

Letting Life grow in you every day

Nurturing life in the Church

Bringing life to the world

This is a Methodist Way of Life.

Worship – The Church exists to increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.

Learning and Caring – The Church exists to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.

Service – The Church exists to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.

Evangelism – The Church exists to make more followers of Jesus Christ.

Those of you who are members of KMC should have received your membership cards. Just in case you have popped them in your pocket and not read through what is said on it, I have quoted it above. Becoming a member of the Church and receiving a membership card with those challenges, both personally and corporately, is a serious thing I think. I invite you to dwell on these words as you live out your faith at KMC and in the world.

So .. I will be shocked if you haven’t all heard about Springs Dance Company coming to present their production of ‘Journey of the Magi’ on Sunday 22nd December at 6.15 – if you haven’t heard, where have you been? Tickets are available from me every Sunday after both morning services. How amazing to have this at our Church during our Christmas worship and celebrations. Make sure you are there whether you are a toddler or 100— it is for everyone.

Our most recent Tuesday Afternoon Fellowship saw Jill Lee as ‘Gladys Aylward’, interviewed by our own Liz Howden. It was wonderful, informative and funny. Thank you, Jill, for sharing your gifts and talents with us. As I write this, we are looking forward to 26th November when we have a craft afternoon with Judith Shirley, where I think we will be making Christmas Puddings! We have lots of talent at KMC.

On December 10th, everyone from the fellowship are invited to the Tuesday Christmas lunch, followed by our Christmas Worship, which this year will be led by Rev Sue Swires. Sadly, on January 7th, we have had to cancel our Christmas Party Buffet and Musical Quiz because of the work being done on our new toilets. However our games afternoon on 14th January will continue and, of course, on Thursday 23rd January we will be going to the pantomime at The Little Theatre Knutsford. How exciting does Tuesday Fellowship sound…….come along and join in the fun.

I made mention, in the magazine last month, about rethinking the Ministry of The Furniture Store. Well the re-think is complete – we will be partnering with Zac’s House, there is great need in Northwich too. So if, in the New Year, you have any ‘very good quality’ furniture to donate please contact me. Please don’t be offended if we refuse, we need to make sure the furniture comes in and out of the store quite quickly so we will accept things we know we can move on to families. Thank you.

By the time you read this we may have had our Christmas Cameo. Look out for photos in the next magazine. Ann and Barri Dodgson will be leading this and we will have lots of Christmas treats and even trifle. Our January Cameo is on Sunday 26th January at 3.30pm where, once again, Ann and Barri will lead us. Thanks you to everyone who works in the kitchen, sets up the Hall, serves, bakes and leads worship for Cameo, it is a very special afternoon, again ALL welcome.

I have already begun to buy a few gifts for Christmas and our families’ comings and goings are mostly organised. I love Advent and Christmas. For Advent, this year, we have bought this Advent Ring, made by Kevin Johnson. We will add candles and hope to use liturgies for all of the names around the sides of the ring, as our own Advent preparation. It is lovely to find something a little different to experience. But some things at Christmas should stay the same – Christmas Day Worship, me giving out chocolates at the Church door, Christmas Dinner, opening gifts, the Queens speech, a sleep!, good films, playing games and cheese and crackers! That mainly sums up our Christmas Day, as you will see by the photos on the next page.

One of the films I really like is ‘The Grinch’. I think I am the only member of our family who really enjoys watching this each Christmas. One quote from the film is this:

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”

― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

I think that is our task at Christmas to witness to people that CHRISTmas doesn’t come from a store, it does mean a little or a lot more.

Happy Christmas everyone, whatever you are doing and whoever you are with. May it be full of Joy, Love and Peace and the Presence of Jesus.

Carol

Carol Cotton

Church and Community Pastoral Worker

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